Private Practice Review: Keeping Up with Cooper

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Did anyone feel like they were watching Saved by the Bell instead of Private Practice? I did, as “Life Support” focused on our leading doctor pulling a Zach Morris and speaking directly to us.

Love it or hate it, the narrative style sure made for an interesting take with storytelling. Tonight’s installment was written well, though distracting at times, giving us the opportunity to really just hear Cooper out.

Like most Private Practice fans, I have been looking forward to this character-centric installment since the beginning of Private Practice Season 6. If you’ve been following along, you already know that I’m an absolute CharCoop fan.

Now, I’m even more convinced than ever that I’d be totally on board with a spinoff featuring the Freedman family.


Every passing minute reminded me how much fun it has been to watch Cooper grow as a doctor, husband and father. Most importantly, I have loved the way Charlotte brings the best out of Cooper and vice versa. Their love has always felt real and romantic in such a special way. 

While Cooper was both as nervous and excited as he could be, Charlotte was seemingly nonchalant and reluctant to consider the possible complications of carrying and delivering triplets. Cooper’s anxiety was causing Charlotte to become even more easily agitated than usual.

From disagreements with religion to actually discussing “what if” scenarios, Charlotte and Cooper weren’t exactly on the same page about much at all. However, Cooper patiently let Charlotte make the decisions and they agreed that selective reduction was not an option even if it would reduce risks.

We found out that the Freedmans would soon be hopefully welcoming three little GIRLS! I definitely loved how Cooper yelled, “Girls are awesome!” Although Charlotte again wasn’t too excited, you couldn’t expect any less of her than to fight to keep every one of her babies and to try to stay strong for them, Cooper and Mason.

Then, a few "curve balls" were thrown their way. An emergency situation, involving some distress for the babies and for Charlotte, kept me glued to my seat as one of the babies had to be delivered immediately. At 26 weeks, the little one needed surgery right away. Her chest wall to cover her heart hadn’t yet developed, and the surgery was a success thanks to Sam. That scene with Cooper in the O.R. when the baby girl’s heart nearly twisted underneath the graft was incredibly difficult to watch. I couldn’t help but tear up as Cooper felt terrified and entirely lost.

Unfortunately, the medical crisis was not fully resolved by the hour’s end. Charlotte would not deliver her other two babies until week 32. There’s still a risk for blood clots and headaches. The worst part of it all is she won’t be able to see her little girl just yet. To say the least, I cannot wait until Charlotte’s episode! I’m dying to find out what happens next.

Elsewhere, Violet consoled a friend who was being advised to take a loved one off life support. I struggled with having any interest whatsoever in Violet’s sub-plot in the midst of Cooper’s story.

Other Thoughts:

  • I thought the fruits for the size of the babies with the passing weeks of Charlotte’s pregnancy were a nice touch.
  • I loved that we revisited the moment when Charlotte first told Cooper that they were expecting.
  • Sheldon was the last to know about the Cooplets. Somehow I’m not surprised. Poor Sheldon is always left out. 
  • It was so like CharCoop to get kicked out of Lamaze class. Of course they snuck off to do what got them there in the first place.
  • I laughed a lot tonight – all thanks to Charlotte’s antics and Cooper’s commentary.

Overall, this was definitely another strong chapter to an already stellar final season.

So, what did you think TV Fanatics? Also, don’t forget to return later this week for our Private Practice Round Table.


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (86 Votes)
Spindae 2o

just watched the ep and I'm crying my as* of!
Shonda GIRL! U're amazing! oh I can't believe what an amazing story! so much pain, so much emotion!
I just hope this was it for the Freedmans! They suffered enough!
Everything in this ep was just so insync! So synchonized! so personal so perfect!
From the begging! Their strong believes, the baby class, the sex scene, everything! The decision moment! I juts love it! And I can't believe they will end in 2 months! Shame on U people!


I think they carry on the story of the child to next week, because they know this episode should focus on Sheldon, one of the least favorites of PP. I'm going to watch, is going to be interesting.


I was looking forward to this episode, but I was let down. I thought Cooper's thoughts were unnecessary. I'm usually a fan of Char/Coop, but last night I thought they were over the top. I didn't care for Charlotte's attitude during most of the episode.


i,m always imagine sam and addison love just like charlotte and cooper forever
that shonda bring in jake to breaks up sam and addison what not bring a woman in
they are good together just like charcooper and love each-other for a long time
hope for they to be the endgame of the finally


I nodded off three times during this episode. It was really on life support. I see battle-weary writers and producers.The writing was weak and predictable and Cooper is not engaging enough to lead a whole episode. He's a supporting actor and assuming such a substantial lead (and time) killed the energy of the episode. And WHAT IZ UP with giving each actor a whole episode, anyway? Taye Diggs was equally boring two episodes ago Anyhoo...soon over. Private Practice will have died by a self-inflicted wound.


I absolutely loved this episode, aside from the fact that I am a hardcore CharCoop fan I also loved it because unlike Sam's character-centric episode that was a reality show, in this one we got to experience Cooper's thoughts and ideas what he thinks everyday. I really enjoyed this episode and cannot wait for Charlotte's episode


I thought I would like it, but it was boring and predictable. It was all in the promo!


Loved loved loved this episode! i cried so hard when charlotte was having the baby and when sam was operating on her. my favorite scene was when coop told char that the babys alive and she looked so relieved. we all know she hides her feelings behind her tough exterior but it was still great to see her fear and relief. i love how they support each other. even though they disagreed on religion coop wanted her god on their side and baptised their baby, that was amazing.. and coops commentary, yes! that was a great setup i think, i like the way they filmed this, it was true to coopers character that he would have inner monalogs. and i loved the way they played it week by week. this was my favorite episode of the season. well done shonda, now just make sure the other two babies live and ill be happy!


I've been looking forward to this episode for so long and the wait was definitely worth it! I actually didn't mind Cooper's commentary so much - and at times I genuinely enjoyed them. So much happened in this episode for Charlotte and Cooper. It showed a lot about them as characters and really showed how these people really love each other. It was hard to watch the end when we were brought to week 26 but that's what made this episode really go above and beyond. I'm relieved that the other babies are fine and I'm gonna have faith that from here on out, everything will be fine. It was a funny and heart wrenching episode all at the same time - that's what makes Private Practice great.


I thought that this episode was very good. You know Cooper has these internal monologues and it was nice to bring it to the surface this week. I really wish they did this before. Maybe at his wedding. Charlotte and Cooper have come a very long way since the meeting up at a bar in season one and then proceeding on to being boinking buddies to girlfriend and boyfriend to breaking up, making up, the rape the recovery from the rape and even Mason and Erica. It has made them the most solid couple in all of Shonda's shows. I really hope that they do have a spin off with them. A nice half hour Dramedy would just hit the spot. Breaking the fourth wall is not done often, and I know why but today it worked! I wonder if Charlotte gets her own episode? Surely to deliver the other two? Sheldon is next week, when we come back from Hiatus it will be Amelia's ep then there will be only two eps left. I really hope that she gets one. Sheldon and Violet could have shared an episode.

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 8 Quotes

Cooper: Girls are awesome!
Charlotte: What the hell am I going to do with girls?!

Charlotte: We told Mason he's having three siblings.
Cooper: Then Mason's having three siblings.